The Vice President of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA), Mr Alex Akummey, believes that the one month break placed on the ongoing Ghana Premier League is a problem to the clubs.
The Premier League Board, after their normal Tuesday meeting announced their decision to put the Premier League on hold due to a request from the Black stars Team “B” handlers to have ample time to prepare for the upcoming CHAN qualifiers against Burkina Faso ( Home and Away ), the WAFU tournament which will be held here in Ghana and to finally give Asante Kotoko who were involved in an accident few weeks ago additional time to recover fully as the medical report they presented under the meeting suggested that the clubs players will be fit enough to play active football on the 6th of August 2017.
These has created a lot of issues in the various camp of the clubs, whiles some believe the break was a right call, others also see it to be wrong.
Mr Alex Akummmey who is the CEO of New Edubiase Utd and doubles as the Vice President for GHALCA, in an interview said:
“It’s going to be very difficult for me to speak on behalf of GHALCA because we have not met as a group, but the decision is a bit complicated because of Kotoko’ is accident which is exceptional but i think its going to be problematic for the clubs since we will now have to be paying salaries we have not originally planned for. We came out earlier on to push for PLB to hold on the League because of Kotoko’s accident but that did not materialized.”
He concluded: “In my view, the one month is too much since this will even have effects on the form of the individual players since their form is now high but the break will definitely have effect on them.”
Meanwhile all outstanding matches, including matches involving Asante Kotoko, will be cleared within the one month break.
A second medical review from Asante Kotoko to the GFA/PLB on Tuesday July 25, 2017, has indicated that Kotoko will be medically ready to play by August 6, 2017.
Below are the dates for the outstanding matches:
Sunday July 30, 2017 – Ashantigold vrs WAFA in Obuasi
Sunday August 6, 2017 – Kumasi Asante Kotoko vrs Accra Hearts of Oak in Kumasi
Wednesday August 23, 2017 – WAFA vrs Kumasi Asante Kotoko in Sogakope
The premier league returns with match day 25 on August 27th.
- Ebenezer Amuzu